Centre for Academic Practice

Professional Development

Recognition of Teaching for Researchers (ROTOR)

What is ROTOR?

The Recognition of Teaching for Researchers (ROTOR) pathway, run by the Centre for Academic Practice and the Doctoral College, supports Doctoral Researchers and Research Staff with experience of teaching to further develop their teaching practice and to assemble an application for the award of either Associate Fellow or Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA/FHEA), which are recognised across the UK Higher Education sector.

Applications for the 2019/20 academic year have now closed and will reopen in summer 2020.

Who is eligible?

This pathway is for Doctoral Researchers (PhD and EngD students) and research staff (research associates, research fellows and equivalents).  Other staff should consider the other routes detailed  elsewhere on this website.

Researchers wishing to take part should have undertaken one of the “Teaching Skills” or “Essential Teaching Skills” courses run by the Doctoral College (or an equivalent course at another UK university), have taught before in a Higher Education setting, and should also be undertaking some sort of teaching activity in the coming academic year.  Activities that are considered suitable for the scheme include (but are not limited to): delivering lectures, seminars or tutorials; demonstrating in laboratories; supervising field trips or studio work; supervising undergraduate or postgraduate students undertaking research; other activities relating to the support of student learning.

What is involved?

The pathway consists of seven compulsory sessions that will take place during the academic year:

  • Introduction to ROTOR
  • Evaluating Your Teaching
  • Inclusive Assessment
  • Planning and Designing for Teaching
  • Effective use of Learning Technologies
  • Student Learning through Effective Feedback
  • Preparing Your HEA Application

Most of these will take place during the first semester.  In addition to the compulsory sessions, participants will have to spend significant time reflecting on and writing about their own teaching practice, eventually completing an application for AFHEA or FHEA, as appropriate.  They will receive guidance and advice from an assigned ROTOR mentor.

How is ROTOR assessed?

Recognition of teaching will be made by completing a successful application for Associate Fellowship or Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA/FHEA), this application will be made through Loughborough University's accredited evaluation pathways.  Participants will receive training and guidance on how to submit their application as part of the ROTOR pathway.

How do I apply?

Applications for the 2019/20 ROTOR pathway are now closed, and will reopen in the summer of 2020.  There are a limited number of spaces available on the pathway, and participants are selected based upon the quality of their application.  Selection is competitive, meaning that it is not sufficient for your application to meet a certain standard, rather you must be ranked amongst the top applications to be offered a place.  To help prepare for your application it would be useful for you to think about your current teaching practice and which elements you would like to further develop.

Who can I contact?

Queries about the ROTOR scheme should be directed to cap@lboro.ac.uk, with "ROTOR" in the subject line.